Otranto Travel Guide

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     What a charming place. 

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     I wasn't here very long. 

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     Of course there is a castle in Otranto. 

Otranto Things to Do

  • Beaches and coves

    Otranto has a facinating history, but its main draw in summertime is its coastal location. The waters here are called the Strait of Otranto and you can find any number of spots to sunbathe and swim in the sea.The town itself has beaches right in the centre. The harbour is one of Otranto's focal points (the other being the castle) and is attractive...

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  • Basilica di San pietro

    The basilica of St. Peter is the best example of medieval church of Byzantine origin in Puglia, well preserved and restored. Look for it between the streets of the old city

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  • The castle

    The castle was built by Ferdinand I of Aragon in the 14 century. The castle is impressive and is one of the most important of Puglia.

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  • Cattedrale and mosaico pavimentale

    The cathedral was built in the highest part of Otranto so people could see iteverywhere. It 'a wonderful work of 1100, which has undergone changes and additions during the centuries. The particular feature of this cathedral is the floor mosaic that represents the struggle of man between good and evil: is one of the largest full mosaic of the world....

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  • like a fortress

    Otranto, over the centuries, has had to defend itself from attacks by enemies coming from the sea, then the old city is surrounded by huge ramparts to protect the Castro, there was inside the castle, cathedral and everything they needed to survive

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  • the old town

    the old town is the Casto and u have to take a nice walking looking to the old restaured house with their architecture. Now Otranto is famouse not only for the Castro and the old beauty but also for the magnificent coast with incredible beaches, so many stanger have bought old house in the old center to spend the holiday or to convert them in...

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  • The incredible blue of the port

    The port of Otranto is really incrdibile: boats float on a sea blue as crystal....This is not only a fisherman port, but there are also ferry boat to Greece and Albania.

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  • the waterfront

    Otranto have a nice waterfront with restaurants, a special big ice cream and 'pasticceria' (delicious) where u can spend a plesant evening looking to the people that love to do 'watching people' and love to be watched!At the end of the waterfront after the little bridge there is a nice garden with some street vendor of local pistachios, almonds and...

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  • the beach in the town

    if u are lazy to go to the big main beaches in the north of Otranto, or only u wantoto relax for a while sunbathing or swimming a little bit u cna stay in the 'central' beach....the sea is blue and nice, a little bit crowded in high season, but perfect for a quick stop after a hot walking in the Castro.

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  • I didn't get a pic of the Duomo - sorry,

    But I must tell you about it because it is rather special. And then you will have the pleasure of seeing it for yourself for the first time, unmediated by pics.It's very very old. Older than anyone living, or their grandmother.The mosaic floor is rather heathen - a tree of life resting on the backs of elephants.And in a chapel to the side of the...

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  • A lovely little town.

    In March the weather was balmy and fresh. The streets weren't crowded. The proprietors of the cafes and restaurants stood on the street with their arms folded watching our group stroll by with benevolent interest. The sea was as blue as it could be. The locals and the lizards were friendly. This is a place I would like to come back to and relax...

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  • Flourishing wildlife

    One's stroll is enlivened by lizards - perfectly camoflauged for wild fig trees - pausing to inspect one as they soak up the sun on the sea wall.And by eyeing the plentiful fruit on the wild fig trees growing willynilly on the slopes above the sea and wondering when it would be ripe. I was told I would have left the South by the time the figs were...

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  • The Castle, The Cathedral.........

    The Castle, reinforced by Emperor Frederick II and rebuilt by Alfonso I of Aragon. The Cathedral, consecrated in 1088, a work of Count Roger I adorned later (about 1163), by Bishop Jonathas, with a mosaic floor; it has a rose window and side portal of 1481. The interior, a basilica with nave and two aisles, contains columns said to come from a...

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  • Cathedral Floor

    The cathedral floor is one of the most complicated medieval mosaics to survive. It takes the form of a tree and covers the whole nave and the aisles as well. Look out for the Signs of the Zodiac, King Arthur and all sorts of wonders.We went on a Saturday when they were putting chairs out for Sunday services - might be best to go in the week when it...

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  • The view from the Castle

    Right form the stairs that leads to the castle it's possible to have a look at the beauty of the sea. They say that even the waters inside the touristic harbour are one of the cleanest in Italy.

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  • The historic center

    It's ok to get lost in the narrow streets as Otranto is small enough. Flowers are everywhere as the smell of fish and tomato sauce. That's the beauty of the heel of Italy.

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  • The rose window

    The beautiful rose window has 16 spokes and its filigree dates back to the 16th century. It's the only decoration of the flat facace along with the main door.

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  • The Cathedral

    Otranto's main church is a beautiful example of Romanic architecture. Inside the floor is covered by a fantastic mosaic (dated 1165) depicting a huge tree of life.

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  • Spaghetti alle vongole par excellance

    Enjoying a plate of fresh local fish while looking out over the sea it came from is one of the idyllic experiences of Mediterranean holidays. Ok, so the sea in question here is the Adriatic, but our visit to Acmet Pascia' was one such perfect moment.Otranto is famous for the bloody events that took place here when Ottoman invaders slew the...

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  • Fish!

    Zia Fernanda Palumbo personally performs most of the proposals. Fish without any doubt [the sea is 100 meters]: pepper of mussels, octopus salad, swordfish carpaccio. Good pasta dishes proposed with fresh pasta made at home. Try the noodles with seafood, the 'sagne' with shrimp, timeless tubettini with mussels. Excellent pignata of Octopus [a real...

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Otranto Nightlife

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    by BlueLlama Written Sep 30, 2008

    As you might expect from a popular Italian seaside town, Otranto has a lively atmosphere on summer evenings. Just as soon as the sun begins to dip, the streets become busier until the little alleys are filled with people and noise.

    Shops are open until late and restaurants and bars much later. There are fair-type attractions and sweet stalls for children, cool coconut slices and watermelons for adults. By the time night has fallen the city walls and area around the castle are a hive of activity, with locals and visitors alike chatting, meeting and people-watching.

    You can visit the castle itself in the evening (although not too late) and there are no restrictions on walking around the walls, from where you can enjoy great views of the moon on the sea below. The old walls are impressively lit at night, even more striking than during the day.

    Shopping, entertainment, people and sight-seeing: Otranto by night has it all.

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Otranto Transportation

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    reliable tour agent who take yuo around in nearer area of otranto by special motorbike taxi (lkie trishaws) or for logner distance by van or private carvaluable tour for its pricewe did one day tour by frewecia otranto tpo the southern part of salento otranot-leuca tour

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  • Ferrovie Sudest

    The local railway company, the Ferrovie Sudest, has a line which terminates in Otranto. The trip from Lecce can take upwards of an hour but it's really worthwhile going on the train. The trip necessitates at least one change, sometimes two, but it takes you right through the centre of some of the loveliest of the typical, characteristic terrain at...

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Otranto Local Customs

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    by ludogatto Written Feb 5, 2008

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    Even in Otranto, as in other countries of the South, is accustomed to do the Sunday or evening walk on the seafront or in the main streets: all people take care of their dress style, with the most fashionable clothes (and here are really fashion victims!),to be able to be seen and watch others and do comments.watching people is a common pastime, perhaps sitting by a table at trendy cafes or to the balcony wall .... it is very pleasant come into this part for once and see that you as' foreign 'you will be appreciated !

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Otranto Off The Beaten Path

  • The most easterly point on the Italian...

    The recently restored lighthouse, the 'Faro di Palascia' at Otranto marks the most easterly point on the Italian peninsular. Built in 1867 and used as a lighthouse until the 70s, it has been recently restored and transformed into a small museum and research centre for Mediterranean ecosystems (Osservatorio su Ecologia e Salute degli Ecosistemi...

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  • Great Excuse to get out for a walk in...

    Otranto is such a charming city and full of interesting things to do and see that often the surrounding area is neglected for lack of time. For those who have an extra day or two in the area, it is really worthwhile getting out into the countryside, for a seaside walk or around some of the farmland and villages nearby which are full of historical...

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  • The beaches

    On the coast north of Otranto stretch for miles of beautiful white sand beaches and crystal blue sea, with pine forests secular behind. And you must have a means of transportation to reach them, even a bicycle, as we have done to Bay of Turks, but there discourage the use of the car in August ..... is terrific the traffic that is created to get to...

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Otranto Sports & Outdoors

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    by ludogatto Written Feb 5, 2008

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    this area is very good todo kite surf during the spring and in sept october, the wind is strong and the beaches are empty.
    IF you want to do kite surfing near Otranto you have to go to the beach of Frassanito or to Alimini beachwhere there are also schools.

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